Let the Days Slip Away

The Cook Islands are a sparkling cluster of islands and atolls scattered across an expanse of the Pacific Ocean the size of Western Europe. This is a place where days slip by effortlessly, and the passage of time is marked by the endless sunrises and sunsets punctuated only by a traditional afternoon nap before easing into the warm evenings. This is the ideal way to recharge, just as the locals do.

Rarotonga is the largest island in the group and the country's major getaway. The island's centre of commerce and the seat of government is the attractive town of Avarua. Avarua lies on the north coast beneath the lush, misty slopes of Mount Maungatea and retains an air of a 19th-century South Seas trading post. In laid-back Pacific style the locals just call it 'town'.

You can drive around the entire island in less than an hour, gliding past stunning natural scenery of volcanic peaks, lush jungle and impossibly white beaches. This is one of the most beautiful and accessible islands in the Pacific.

Rarotonga is a picture-perfect outpost of lush mountain peaks and fringing coral reefs. If you feel the pull of life at much more idyllic pace, Rarotonga beckons. Whether it's to get off the beaten track and explore the scenery of an untouched paradise, or simply to relax in a blissful beachside oasis, the choice is yours

Insiders' Tips

  • Try an Island Night: Experience an Island Night, a cultural show held at different venues around the island that showcase Polynesian culture through music and cuisine.
  • Look Out for a Black Pearl: Cultivated on islands north of Rarotonga, these unusual pearls are only found in Polynesia, and make a special gift.
  • Local Handicrafts: Purchase a traditional tivaivai, a hand-stitched quilt in vibrant colours.

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